Tidbits of Torah

Shabbat Parashat Bemidbar

and Shavuot (Sunday and Monday) 

Wilderness Training    

May 19, 2018 – 5 Sivan 5778 


Dear Friends,

I confess that I have never done any wilderness training.  Nevertheless, the concept of wilderness training is fascinating.

This morning I did a cursory internet search for “wilderness training.”  My internet search turned up descriptive phrases such as: enhanced connection with nature; aid in emergencies; self-sufficiency; outdoor leadership; and, greater health to you, your community, and the earth.   It is wonderfully life-affirming!

I was struck by the fact that the Hebrew name of this week’s Torah portion is Bemidbar, (literally: in the Wilderness)!  As our people wandered in the Wilderness, they received the precious gift of Torah.  And, as we study Torah, we might well describe Torah as “wilderness training.”

How so?

Torah teaches us to connect with nature and to appreciate God’s creative powers.  It helps us to be aware of how we, too, can create wondrous things in life.  It gives us strength and knowledge that enable us to deal with emergencies.  It encourages each one of us to find sufficient inner strength so that we may stand up to the challenges of our times.  It reminds us to be individuals and leaders dedicated to bringing greater health to our lives as individuals, as part of a community, and as inhabitants of the earth.

This Shabbat we will read Parashat Bemidbar and we will conclude the counting of the Omer.

On Sunday, we will celebrate Shavuot – the holiday that reminds us that, in ancient times, we received Torah, on Mount Sinai, in the Wilderness.  And, that Torah is still relevant and life-affirming.  We will read the Ten Commandments and we will celebrate with our adult bar and bat mitzvah group!  Please come and join us!

On Monday, we will celebrate the second day of Shavuot and Yizkor will be recited.

I look forward to celebrating Shabbat and both days of Shavuot with you!

Shabbat Shalom and Chag Shavuot Sameach!


Rabbi Gilah Dror